Modified Silvertone Model 1421 Amp – Part One, The Tear Down

December 15, 2012
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The late 60’s and early 70’s Silvertone Model 1421 is a great little tube amp. It’s compact size makes it easy to take to practice, carry to a small venue, perfect for recording, and great for modifying. Here is Part One of a two part series on modifying the Silvertone 1421.

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Sears 10 XL (Silvertone 1421) Guitar Tube Amp

March 22, 2012
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This great little combo tube amp was built by (who?) and sold through Sears and Roebuck in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. It was originally sold as the Silvertone Model #1421, and in later years as the SR 10XL, and lastly as the Sears 10XL. Oh, the photo of this amp looks innocent enough, but, this is one serious sounding tube screamer. And you won’t usually find them as nice as this one!

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25 Years of Vintage Silvertone on CD

December 10, 2011
25 Years of Sears Catalog Pages

Share This:Here is a must-have for all vintage Silvertone fans. It’s a CD containing 25 years of Silvertone guitars, amps, and other musical instruments offered from the original Sears catalogs. The pages cover Silvertone products for each year from 1950 through 1975. The CD was created by Ray Clearwater of Morro Bay, California, and can […]

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1960’s Silvertone 1481 Amp New in Box?!

August 7, 2011
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Share This:Holy crap! What an incredible find. Someone is selling on eBay a mid-1960’s Silvertone 1481 tube amp, brand new in the original box. That’s crazy! Original Silvertone tubes inside. Complete with original papers and Owner’s Manual. Even has the original shipping label on the box from the Danelectro factory in Neptune NJ to Sears Roebuck […]

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Danelectro DC-1 Cool Cat Chorus

November 17, 2010

Share This:Birthday’s are great! This pedal was a gift! My son and his wife remembered my affinity for chorus pedals and found this Danelectro at a used music shop. It’s the 18-volt version, all analog, made about 1996. It sounds great! Very warm and lush sounding with a broader depth and speed range than similar analog […]

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Review: Sears 5XL Amp (Silvertone 1420)

October 23, 2010
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Vintage sound without the high price. The Sears 5XL is a 5-watt, old school, hand-wired, all tube guitar amp. Lots of midrange growl and smooth overdrive. Great for playing jazz, blues, classic and indie rock. Use as a practice amp or at small venues. Perfect for recording. It has one 8-inch Alnico speaker, one channel, two inputs, and separate volume and tone controls. The cabinet is built from cheap pressed board and the speaker baffle is 1/8-inch thick Masonite. It is clad in an equally cheap, thin green vinyl that stretches and tears easily…

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The Sears 5XL Video

October 23, 2010

Share This:This is our first video. We apologize for the video quality. We are shopping for a new camcorder. But the sound is awesome. Turn it up!

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